On 4th May 1994, Arsenal beat Serie A side Parma to lift the European Cup Winners Cup at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. On that wonderful night of European football, the Gunners won by a solitary goal scored by the legendary Alan Smith in the 20th minute.
Despite the overwhelming odds against George Graham’s side – given that they were to be without the injured John Jensen as well as the suspended top scorer Ian Wright – the Gunners still beat the defending champions to lift their first ever European Cup Winners Cup.
The two sides however went through an exciting set of semi-final clashes against Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica before registering qualification into the last match of the competition.
The Premier League side – which was drawn against PSG – drew 1-1 in the first leg before breaking the deadlock with a 1-0 victory courtesy of an early goal by Kevin Campbell. The Italians on the other hand suffered a scare in the first leg after falling prey to Benfica’s counter attacking football, losing 2-1 in Lisbon.
With the match seemingly set to end in a barren draw mid-way through the second half of the second leg, Argentine international Roberto Sensini scored the only goal of the match for Parma, much to the relief of the home supporters.
Although the aggregate scoreline was 2-2, I Crociati (The Crusaders) were the outright winners of the second semi-final by virtue of the much dreaded away goal rule.
Winning the 34th edition of the elite European competition made Arsenal the fourth London club to lift the trophy after West Ham, Spurs and Chelsea.